Heavy rains throw life out of gear in Kerala

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New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): As heavy monsoon downpour flooded streets, normal life was disrupted in several regions of Kerala.

Heavy rains have significantly affected Wayanad, Palakkad, Kozhikode and Malappuram, Kannur and Kasargod districts of Kerala.

All the low-lying areas and coastal regions have submerged under water. Rivers are overflowing and reservoirs are close to the danger mark.

More than 450 rehabilitation camps have been set up across the district.

It is reported that at least 5,000 homes have been partially damaged, while 1,300 homes have been fully destroyed. Crops on more than 4,500 acres of land have been destroyed and the total damages have been roughly estimated at 19 crore rupees.

"We have no idea, what to do? I am unaware. Due to this heavy rain all of us are worried and we are awaiting government's help," said Raheem, A Farmer.

Landslides have also occurred at two or three places in Wayanad district. Several families have been relocated from hilly region, as the area is now prone to landslides.

As per government records, 22 persons have been killed or gone missing due to monsoon related incidents in northern districts during the last few days.

According to the Malappuram District Collector P.B. Saleem, the state government has sought support from Navy and National Disaster Response Force for rescue and search operations.

A 128 member National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been split into two teams for rescue work at the affected places. (ANI)

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